About GLRS

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South Central GLRS is one center in a Network of 17 centers in Georgia that provide training and resources to educators and parents of students with disabilities. GLRS Provides Ongoing, Effective, Professional Learning to assist local school systems in meeting the federal requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and No Child Left Behind (NCLB). GLRS provides ongoing professional learning for teachers and administrators to assist them in implementing effective instructional strategies so that:

  • Children who are at risk of failure can learn to read
  • Children exhibit responsible behavior.
  • Students with disabilities stay in school and transition to employment or college after they graduate from high school.
  • Students with disabilities can participate in general education classes with their non-disabled peers.
  • New special education teachers learn effective instructional strategies from mentor teachers.

GLRS Increases Student Achievement by providing professional learning, student achievement is impacted in the following ways:

  • More students with disabilities are participating in general education classes with their non-disabled peers. That means more children have met the academic requirements of No Child Left Behind.
  • Fewer students with disabilities are dropping out of school and more students are employed or attending college after graduation.
  • Students who were struggling to learn to read have experienced success in reading.
  • Children who have traditionally shown inappropriate behavior at school have improved their performance and increased their active participation in learning.
  • Schools have shown a significant reduction in the number of office referrals due to discipline problems.

GLRS Supports Parents of Students with Disabilities: 

  • GLRS provides information and resources to parents of students with disabilities.
  • GLRS completes “Child Find” activities so that young children with developmental delays receive appropriate services and support.
  • GLRS coordinates with the Georgia Parents’ Mentor Program to enable parents to be active participants in their children’s education.

For more information please contact:

  • Dana Robbins, Director – danarobbins@scglrs.org
  • Lisa Fesperman: Program Specialist – lfesperman@scglrs.org
  • Lisa Martin: Educational Specialist – lmartin@scglrs.org
  • Deborah Baxley, Secretary – dbaxley@scglrs.org